Rationale

Presbyterian Ladies’ College aims to build a strong sense of community that promotes positive and responsible behaviours. We aim to develop resilience in our students and equip them with skills to self-manage behaviour and become responsible members of a wider community.

  • Presbyterian Ladies’ College actively seeks to provide an environment conducive to learning for all. In the Presbyterian Ladies’ College community all have a right:
    • to learn
    • to be respected in a climate of courtesy and kindness; and
    • to feel safe and secure in an environment where individual differences are acknowledged.
  • The School expects that as a community we share and take responsibility for respecting ourselves, others, and property.
  • The School expects members of its community to behave considerately at all times and to support others.
  • Presbyterian Ladies’ College is a smoke free zone and the drinking of alcohol and use of illegal drugs is prohibited.
  • Recognition and reinforcement of responsible behaviour will be communicated and celebrated within the School.
  • Members of the School choosing to behave inappropriately or irresponsibly will earn consequences which will be fairly administered and follow due process.
  • Encouragement and support will be available for those needing to change unacceptable attitudes and behaviours.

Managing Student Behaviour in Class – Minor Behaviour

Presbyterian Ladies’ College has standard procedures to be used by teachers for repeated misbehaviour from one student, or a very small group of students. Minor misdemeanours although not to be excused, or overlooked, can usually be dealt with by calling the student, or students involved, back after class and talking through the incident. The procedure is as follows:

Immediately following or during the class (where appropriate), the teacher may:

  • Take the student aside
  • Make clear the behaviour of concern
  • Listen to student’s viewpoint; and
  • State the behaviour expected from the student at the next class.

Should the behaviour continue, the student should be referred to the relevant Pastoral and Academic Care Co-ordinator for follow up.

Managing Student Behaviour in Class – Major Behaviour

If a major behaviour issue occurs in the classroom, the teacher will contact the Head of School or Pastoral and Academic Care Co-ordinator as soon as possible.

The Head of School or Pastoral and Academic Care Co-ordinator will discuss the issue with the student and may contact the parents.

Appropriate consequences that take into account the context of the behaviour will be applied. These consequences will focus on restorative practices, however, for serious or repeated offences further disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion may be required. These are penalties, given at the discretion of the Principal, to students who commit very serious offences or who fail to respond to other disciplinary procedures.

Restorative Practice Process

Inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour by a student will be addressed using a restorative practice framework. Restorative practice focuses on working with students in ways that are cooperative and collaborative and allow students to take responsibility and be accountable. Restorative practice aims to:

  • Address and discuss the needs of the College community
  • Build healthy relationships between educators and students
  • Reduce, prevent and improve harmful behaviour
  • Repair harm and restore positive relationships; and
  • Resolve conflict, hold individuals and groups accountable.

Where inappropriate behaviour impacts on the wellbeing and safety of self and others:

  • Teacher to refer student to Pastoral and Academic Care Co-ordinator or Head of School
  • Parents/guardians informed; and
  • Apply appropriate consequences using a restorative practice framework.

Managing Behaviour Related to ILT

All students and parents accept conditions in relation to use of technology at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. Failure to comply with the Acceptable Use Contract will have consequences in line with this policy (Responsible Behaviour Policy).

Sport

Presbyterian Ladies’ College has a sports code of conduct and all parents and students involved in co-curricular sporting activities should be familiar with this document.

Behaviour in Public

Rules and information concerning behaviour and appearance apply not only to what happens in School, but also in the public.

Students are strongly encouraged to take pride in themselves and to remember that judgments are made about them, and the School based on their behaviour, appearance and manners.

Uniforms

It is an expectation that all students will wear the Presbyterian Ladies’ College school uniform in accordance with the school’s expectations. Lists of dress requirements are available in the relevant school’s reception areas.

Specifically:

  • The panama hat will be worn in Terms 1 and 4
  • The blazer is to be worn as the outer garment to and from school and at all official functions including Principal’s assembly in Term 2 and 3
  • The tie will be worn for all formal occasions
  • Junior School girls may wear PLC winter socks
  • Stockings will be worn during Terms 2 and 3; and
  • PLC summer socks will be worn during Terms 1 and 4.

For students from Year 4 and up, the sports uniform may be worn to school for early morning training. Students may stay in this uniform if they have PE in Period 1. If they have PE in Period 1 students may arrive at school in their PE uniform.

Where girls have PE in Period 6, they may depart school in their PE uniform, as may students who have school-related training or games after school.

Where students have training for external clubs or sports, they are expected to go home in their school uniform.

The beret will be worn by students in years 3 to 6 and is optional for all other students.

Acknowledgement of Responsible Behaviour

In the Junior School, Positive and Responsible Behaviour will be rewarded by:

  • Including student in recognition journal – photo and certificate
  • Learner Profile acknowledgement; and/or
  • Certificate/acknowledgement during Chapel/Assemblies.

In the Senior School, appropriate behaviour will be acknowledged in a variety of ways including recognition at Year Meetings, SEQTA notes/notifications, in person discussion etc.

Attendance at School

All students are expected to be present at school for the entirety of each term. This included attendance at the relevant Speech Night. No student has permission to take time out of school at the beginning, during or at the end of a term for recreational purposes or tutoring and our policy is not to provide work or to re-negotiate assessments. Where absence is not approved, missed assessments in the Senior School will incur a score of zero.

Requests for leave in extenuating circumstances should be forwarded to the Head of School. International students are required to attend 80% of the scheduled course contact hours as part of student visa requirements.

Where students are absent for three consecutive days or more, a medical certificate is required.